Fire Protection through Sprinkler and Suppression Systems
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A quality sprinkler system is critical in safeguarding a business or residential building from the devastation that a fire can cause.
In the UK, the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association, known as BAFSA, is responsible for over 85% of all sprinkler installations in the United Kingdom. Their goal is to keep people informed about the benefits of having a sprinkler system, as well as being a significant stakeholder in fire safely legislation and standards.
Sprinklers in the UK must be installed to a certain standard. Domestic and residential buildings currently must comply with standard BS 9251: 2005, whilst the commercial and industrial building equivalent is standard BS EN12845: 2004. These safety and security legislations are scheduled to be revised in the near future as part of an on-going review of fire safety guidelines in the UK.
When it comes to choosing your suppression system there are a number of solutions, which are suited for a variety of buildings and premises.
Wet pipe systems remain one of the most popular sprinkler platforms and are commonly found in buildings where pipes are not likely to freeze. Since water remains in the pipes at all times, the response time when deployed is immediate. Generally speaking wet pipe sprinkler systems are mandatory in multi-storey and high-rise buildings.
Here pressurised air is put into the pipes, whilst the water is restricted by a control valve. When a dry pipe sprinkler system is activated the air pressure goes down the pipe, allowing the valve to open and water to enter the pipes. Dry sprinkler systems are used in buildings where wet or alternate sprinklers will not function properly.
Usually installed in locations where the chance of a fire is significant, such as at chemical and industrial facilities. Unlike other systems, here the valve can be turned on manually by hand or by a mechanism activated by the fire itself.
The benefit of foam suppression systems leaves the fire without access to an oxygen supply, so the fire is cut off. This can be accomplished using a few different methods:
1. A blanket of foam is used to cover the fire.
2. The fuel that the fire is using can be cooled by water residing in the foam.
3. The foam can prevent the escape of vapours that can cause a fire when combined with the air.
To protect homes, buildings and industrial sites a number of fire suppression systems can be employed. Using the correct system is vitally important to protect commercial and residential property.
Martha Newbold is an expert in home and business security and specialises in the field of fire safety and prevention within the home giving advice and providing risk assessments to businesses who need to increase their fire safety. For further information about fire safety products including fire suppression systems for your business then please contact Discount Fire Supplies.